Joni Mitchell - Court and Spark
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1974 Ratings: #1 / 130
User Score
Based on 662 ratings
1974 Rank: #5All Time: #265
Liked by 134 people
January 17, 1974 / Release Date
LP / Format
Asylum / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Pitchfork
It's a grown up album about arriving at the intractable issues of adult love.
100
AllMusic

Joni Mitchell reached her commercial high point with Court and Spark, a remarkably deft fusion of folk, pop, and jazz which stands as her best-selling work to date.

100
Rolling Stone

An album that not only represents the culmination of Mitchell's folk-rock period but also signals the many musical experiments in her future.

100
Slant Magazine
The album is an essential, timeless artifact of an era when pop could be both popular and personal.
100
Entertainment Weekly
Cheerful, sexy, sophisticated. The posthippie Joni arrives, and she’s nobody’s fool.
pedrosabe16
90

Wow, magnificent. Joni’s songwriting will always blow me away.

Irissssssssssss
100

Finally am back to Joni’s discog. Idk why I took so long between For the Roses and this one, but god I regret it cuz this is so amazing. While I’d still consider Blue to be her overall magnum opus and probably the best of her more standard folk era, this feels like an early magnum opus of a whole new era for her. This has such a 70s pop sound to it and she just nails it. She obviously takes her songwriting abilities to new heights with such amazing imagery and storytelling, but ... read more

Fantasio
86

Court and Spark, the sixth album of Joni Mitchell, starts with inviting piano tunes introducing the distinctive voice of the singer-songwriter. Just the next song "Help Me" shows the talent of Joni to write gorgeous tunes. Cort and Spark offers not only this side of her, because she left the beaten tracks to incorporate jazz elements in the productions, particularly apparent in tracks such as the closer "Twisted". Court and Spark is Joni Mitchels commercially most ... read more

berlintrilogy
97

belíssimo álbum em tantos aspectos! a instrumentalização, que funde o folk característico da joni com as novas aspirações jazzistícas dela, acompanha tão bem as letras que transpõem sentimentos universais sobre o amor e coisas derivadas de uma forma tão autêntica e identificável - ao mesmo passo que ilustram poeticamente a individualidade complexa da própria joni.

sillyometer
90

amazing album joni mitchell has such incredible vocals and instrumentation this is just so amazing

Zess
98

EDIT (94 -->98)

I believe at this stage there is nothing more to say about Joni and her legendary career. This album, for me, is the pinnacle (well, partly because it's her biggest commercial success), but also because it officially marks the transition towards a more jazz-influenced sound, and incidentally, one that is more accessible (yes, unfortunately, not everyone appreciates the raw sounds of folk). I won't delve into a lengthy critique of the album because I feel like everything has ... read more

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Track List

1Court and Spark
2:46
92
2Help Me
3:22
96
3Free Man In Paris
3:02
93
4People's Parties
2:20
89
5The Same Situation
3:05
90
6Car On a Hill
2:58
91
7Down to You
5:36
91
8Just Like This Train
4:23
87
9Raised On Robbery
3:05
87
10Trouble Child
3:57
87
11Twisted
2:18
84
Total Length: 36 minutes
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Added on: March 16, 2013